Deuteronomy 9:9

9 When I went up on the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the LORD had made with you, I stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water.

Deuteronomy 9:9 in Other Translations

KJV
9 When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water:
ESV
9 When I went up the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the LORD made with you, I remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights. I neither ate bread nor drank water.
NLT
9 This happened when I was on the mountain receiving the tablets of stone inscribed with the words of the covenant that the LORD had made with you. I was there for forty days and forty nights, and all that time I ate no food and drank no water.
MSG
9 When I climbed the mountain to receive the slabs of stone, the tablets of the covenant that God made with you, I stayed there on the mountain forty days and nights: I ate no food; I drank no water.
CSB
9 When I went up the mountain to receive the stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant the Lord made with you, I stayed on the mountain 40 days and 40 nights. I did not eat bread or drink water.

Deuteronomy 9:9 Meaning and Commentary

Deuteronomy 9:9

When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of
stone
The tables of the law, the same law which forbid idolatry, and which they had lately heard from the mouth of God himself: even

the tables of the covenant which the Lord made with you;
which they had agreed unto, and solemnly promised they would observe and do, ( Exodus 24:7 ) ,

then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights;
and this long stay was one reason of their falling into idolatry, not knowing what was become of him, ( Exodus 24:18 ) ( 32:1 ) .

I neither did eat bread nor drink water;
all those forty days and nights, ( Exodus 34:28 ) .

Deuteronomy 9:9 In-Context

7 Remember this and never forget how you aroused the anger of the LORD your God in the wilderness. From the day you left Egypt until you arrived here, you have been rebellious against the LORD.
8 At Horeb you aroused the LORD’s wrath so that he was angry enough to destroy you.
9 When I went up on the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the LORD had made with you, I stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water.
10 The LORD gave me two stone tablets inscribed by the finger of God. On them were all the commandments the LORD proclaimed to you on the mountain out of the fire, on the day of the assembly.
11 At the end of the forty days and forty nights, the LORD gave me the two stone tablets, the tablets of the covenant.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 4:13
  • 2. S Genesis 7:4
  • 3. S Exodus 24:12; Exodus 24:12,15,18; Exodus 34:28